Should Politicians be held accountable?

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    Politicians make accusations everyday. If a politician makes a statement, should he/she be held accountable if those statements made are found to be false? Meaning, should we prosecute politicains in court on purgery charges if we find out they lied while making this statement to a national audience?
     
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    For it to be perjury, it is something that would have to have been said under oath.

    That being said, politicians lie...ahem I mean...mis-speak all the time. What to you mean about false statement and accountability?

    I think I know where you want to go with this, but want to be sure.
     
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    I'm just really tired of politicians making false accusations, and would like some accountability for what they say. I do not know the best way to do this but this issue has been bothering me for some time.
     
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    Unless their words are libel or perjury, and they are not under oath, I thik the only repercussions would be to vote them out of office, or kick them out like they did to Davis in CA with the recall (not that Davis lied...just the process that is used in CA).

    When did you discover that politicians lie...errrr...stretch the truth?

    It has been going on for a couple of centuries in the US.
     
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    I am sure they are protected from liability under some kind of errors & omissions clause or something to that effect. I do feel your pain. Accountability however can and must come from the constituents. Too many people just shrug and say "oh well, they're just crooked politicians". I am/used to be one of those. I am making an effort to get more involved through educating myself and making myself heard whenever possible.
     
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    We have a way to make them accountable. Our votes. If we dont like what they do...well we can either vote for someone who we do like, find someone to campaign for or just get off our lazy butts and run ourself.

    I would like to see politicians accountable for what they spend so Senator Daschle cant say he has no clue what he voted for the budget to include or where the money goes. I am starting to think we need to have an ammendment to audit the government frequently and keep them up to the standards we place corporations. Its only fair and it would be a way to check the growth.
     
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    I am new to this site and actuall been reading more than posting thoughts. Being just young enough to vote I find it extremely hard to get to the truth when talking politics.
     
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    Do you think we should have term limits for senators?
     
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